tv First Look MSNBC April 19, 2011 5:00am-5:30am EDT
we begin this morning with reality check. for the first time since 1860 standard & poor's has issues a negative outlook on the u.s. government citing increased concerns about washington's ability to manage the federal budget. the reaction on wall street was swift and dramatic with stocks tumbling and the price of gold rising to an all time high. all this as the president prepares to hit the road to sell his new deficit reduction plan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with all the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everyone. while the president is suggesting reducing the deficit, he's also asking congress at the same time to raise the debt limit, and that's not sitting well with some lawmakers here in capitol hill or with standard & poor's, the credit agency s&p for the first time ever has downgraded its long-term outlook
on america's debt from stable to negative, saying that america could lose its aaa credit rating in two years if this gridlock in washington over spending and the debt continues. now, as you mentioned, the president begins a series of town halls today in virginia. he's trying to sell his deficit reduction plan. the latest "washington post"/abc news poll shows the president with a 57% disapproval on the economy. the obamas aren't earning as much money as they used to. $1.8 million last year compared to $5.5 million the year before, mainly because a drop in sales of his books. this year he paid $466,000 in taxes, more than he earned as president. lynn? >> tracie potts, first in washington. tracie, thanks. despite all the attention, believe it or not, the federal aviation administration is
dealing with another embarrassing incident involving an air traffic controller. this time a controller in ohio has been suspended for watching a movie on the job. even worse, his microphone was accidentally flipped on, allowing the samuel l. jackson movie "cleaner" to be transmitted to planes in the area, and that kept him from hearing all incoming calls from pilots. a manager has also been suspended, this on the same day the faa kicked off a nationwide tour of air traffic facilities to push new rules enacted after several controllers were recently caught sleeping on the job. arizona governor jan brewer has vetoed a measure requiring presidential candidates to prove they're american citizens before their names can appear on the state's ballot. the arizona legislature had passed the so-called birther bill last week, but to the surprise of her democratic critics, the republican brewer said yesterday that measure went too far. opponents had warned the
legislation would have tainted arizona's reputation on top of last year's controversy over the state's illegal immigration enforcement law. to libya now, where civilians caught in the cross fire in the battle between rebels and forces loyal to moammar gadhafi had been fleeing the city of misrata. boats filled with the wounded have been arriving in benghazi. the u.n. humanitarian chief says the libyan government has promised access to misrata, the only city still partially held by the opposition in western libya. however, no guarantees have been given that the assault by gadhafi's forces will cease. one human rights group claims that at least 267 people have been killed in misrata. our english broadcast partner itn has what we want to warn you is a disturbing report from misrata, showing no one is safe by relentless attacks from gadhafi's forces. >> reporter: his is the beautiful face of a child disfigured by the ugly face of
war. it's almost too difficult to look at 9-year-old mohammed, but it's important that people do because this little boy shows just how dire life is in the besieged city of misrata. >> they were playing, and then suddenly a bomb fell on the street about ten meters away from them, and a shrapnel came flying through the air and went through one side of his check and came out the other side. luckily, he didn't damage his jaw, but there are a lot of damaged bones in the face, and he needs a very, very serious surgery. >> reporter: how does it make you feel as a libyan to see a child in this state? >> well, i really feel very sad. this is what happens when you randomly bomb a city with innocent people. it's not even a war. it's a crime against humanity. >> reporter: it's a horribly familiar story. this fisherman has lost a leg,
and this is why. his friend shows the jagged destructive remnant of the rocket fired by gadhafi forces into the heart of the city. they say it caused his injuries. these patients are now being taken to benghazi on board a boat that was chartered only for migrant workers. with the hospital full, they had to go somewhere, so they were brought aboard for the 24-hour journey. and these are some of the people fleeing those assaults on misrata. migrant workers jostling to get on board and sail to safety. the international organization for migration organized this boat to evacuate over 1,000, but another 5,000 are still waiting to leave. the british government has pledged more money, but it's a slow process. there's no doubt the desperation to leave misrata grows every day, and when you see the human consequences of what's p happening, it's utterly understandable. there are many children like mohammed still trapped in misrata tonight, and at the
moment, they have little or no chance of getting to safety. emma murphy, itv news, libya. >> difficult to watch. here's your first look at some of the other news going on around america today. a dallas deputy jumped into action after spotting a cascade of sparks shooting from a passing car. the 20-year veteran's dash cam was rolling as he attempted to kick out the driver's window before that car erupted into flames. the driver, unaware that his car was on fire before the explosion, was able to unlock his door and escape without any serious injuries. it was a tragic start to the school week in one pennsylvania school district. one of its drivers lost her life when she crashed into a building. the accident happened just after the driver dropped off high school students and was on her way to pick up kindergarteners. a six-ton street sweeper made quite a mess inside a denver barbecue restaurant. the vehicle barreled through the walls, coming to a stop 15 feet inside the eatery.
the driver was hospitalized as a precautionary measure the the cause of the accident is still undetermined, but mechanical issues have been ruled out. and we end with winter's refusal to release its grip on wisconsin. at least two inches of snow blanketed the southeast part of the state. according to the national weather service, the wintry mix is expected to linger for the next couple of days, dropping six to ten inches more in some parts. bet you're glad you don't live there. now for a look at the national weather, we check in with -- >> what if do you? >> or if you do, come visit us in new york, where it's just raining. >> not much better here either. today is going to be a dangerous day, lynn. we've got another severe weather outbreak likely. and on the heels of the tornado outbreak this weekend where we had a lot of fatalities, let's see what's heading our way. a new powerful spring storm is now kicking out of the rockies into the central plains. it's now heading into areas such
as oklahoma and texas. as is typical, we don't see the big tornadoes and the thunderstorms during the morning hours. usually we get the tornado threat in the afternoon and evening, and that's the case again this morning. there's a lot of heavy rain out here. if you're in indiana or ohio, just south of chicago, you're getting drenched with a steady rain. we also have a nasty mix in nebraska of rain and snow. we have one severe thunderstorm watch for large hail. watch as these quickly pop up in jefferson city, columbia, thunderstorms knocking on your door. golf ball-sized hail is likely. if you've got your car outdoors, now is the time to move it into the garage. these will push through quincy and springfield as we go through the morning commute. the storm starts this morning in oklahoma. by later on tonight, it works all the way to southern michigan. first things first, the areas at risk. if you live in this area, make sure you know what to do in case a tornado is heading your way.
or if you have family and friends in this area, let them know there's a chance for strong tornadoes this afternoon. st. louis, southern missouri down by the boot, paducah, kentucky, area, through southern illinois and southern indiana, including indianapolis, louisville in the lexington area. a lot of big population centers are at the risk of receiving tornadoes later on today. this afternoon before the tornadoes form, large hail is possible out here in areas from little rock northwards, up there into the ozarks. the snowfall forecast, this is just cruel. it's not going to cause too many problems out there, but it's just cruel we're going to get probably six inches of snow in green bay. minneapolis, around two to three inches. you're going to see it all today. of course, the chance for large tornadoes is definitely the headline. >> absolutely. bill, thanks so much. coming up, more fallout from yesterday's hard day on wall street. and what happened in asian markets overnight. your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. also, the heat roll, the bruins make it a series, and history made at the boston
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. here's some of the top news this morning. in england, newly revealed government records shows the world's largest oil companies discuss exploiting iraq's oil reserves with ministers just before the country took a leading role in toppling saddam hussein's government in 2003. that's all according to a newspaper "the independent" claiming the memos are in contrast with self-interest at the time like bp and shell. a california company is under pressure to resign this morning after sending out an e-mail picturing president obama's face on the body of a chimpanzee. in a statement yesterday, orange county committee member marilyn davenport apologized, calling her behavior unwise but said she
sees no reason to step down. a woman who falsely accused three duke lacrosse players of raping her in 2006 has been charged with murder in the death of her boyfriend. 32-year-old crystal magnum has been in a north carolina jail since earlier this month when police say she stabbed the victim who died after nearly two weeks in a hospital. and for the second year in a row, a danish eatery tops the list of the world's 50 best restaurants, and surprisingly, the establishment did it by serving nordic cuisine such as moss, sea orchin, and smoked bone marrow, which our fancy, schmancy director says is just delicious. the dow opens at 12,201 after sinking 140 points yesterday. the s&p shed 14 points. nasdaq dropped 29. taking a look at overseas trading, in tokyo, the nikkei
fell 115 points while in hong kong, the hang seng tumbled 309. the warning about the nation's credit rating we told you about at the top of the show sent stocks on their steepest slide in a month yesterday. investors started the day worried about ongoing debt problems in greece before the s&p's newly negative outlook on u.s. debt fueled fresh fears about the economy. gold traded at a record high near $1,500 an ounce. overnight, the downward trend continued in the asian markets as the exodus into safer bets continued. oil tumbled after they said higher crude will put a strain on major economies. after the bell, texas instruments fell short of estimates. earlier, citigroup closed flat after barely beating expectations. apple is suing rival samsung, claiming its galaxy smartphones and tablets "slavishly copy the
ipad and iphone," allegations samsung denies. sprint is going all out to keep at&t the nation's largest wireless provider with three new lobbying contracts intended to stop at&t's t-mobile takeover. a class action lawsuit demanding taco bell stop calling its meat beef has been dropped. taco bell says no money changed hands, and it's not changing its marketing or its recipe. keep an eye on goldman sachs today. the bank weighs in with earnings before the bell. and finally, they just won't take no for an answer. despite an appeal thrown out last week, the winklevoss twins now want a special 11-judge panel to settle their claim they didn't get a fair deal when they settled with mark zuckerberg over who created the social networking site. controversy in the world's oldest race. plus lebron leads the miami
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at walgreens. ♪ welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. in sports, last night in the nba playoffs, the high powered heat took a commanding two-game lead over a philadelphia 76ers team that hasn't been able to beat miami all season. here's nbc's mario solis. >> good morning. after a weekend of close finishes and upsets, the miami heat made sure there was no
doubt about last night's game against the sixers. to outbeach, dwyane wade, who's battled migraines, giving the sixers headaches all night flashed, living up to his nickname the speed, the dunk. miami pulls away in the second. joel anthony sparks the fast break, tac tac toe to lebron james for the flush. heat pulling away 94-73. kyle korver with the dagger for the bulls. the ashton kutcher look alike notched down the three. bulls win 96-90. they lead the series 2-0. the bruins finally showed up for the nhl playoffs. after two disappointing losses, they beat the canadiens in game three. everything going boston's way. nathan horton banks wup off carey price and in for the goal. bruins win 4-26789 penguins and lightning. check out the big hit behind the net. that leads to an outnumbered attack for the pens. maxime talbot makes tampa bay pay.
let's take another look at the hit. then lovejoy sacrifices his body to make a play. penguins win 3-2. they lead the series 2-1. finally, the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world, and now it may be considered to be too easy. kenya's geoffrey mutai finishes the boston marathon in a staggering 2:03:2. that's the fastest time ever. the governing body won't recognize it, saying the tail wind and the downhill part of the course makes it too easy for the runners. 26.2 miles in just over two hours is impressive no matter what the course is like. congratulations to mutai. that's your first look at sports. i'm mario solis. now for another quick look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. this is why i stick with a good three miles. there's no controversy in that. >> if you're doing three miles, that's not bad. you might as well extend it out a little bit.
>> it never gets longer than that. >> if you're planning to do anything outdoors in new england, this morning is the time to do it. we're in the 50s in most cases. we may get a little sunshine early today, but don't count on it. the clouds will quickly move in and the rain will move in too. right now the rain is moving into the pittsburgh area. ohio is getting drenched. it's a dry morning commute on the 95. but p.m. rain this afternoon for boston, hartford, new york, to philadelphia. d.c., the rain should stay to your north, and you should get in the warm sector. you should be up to 77 today. that's a little hint of warm air. by the time we get to tomorrow, all the severe weather in the middle of the country slides to the east. we shouldn't be dealing with tornadoes, but we could have damaging winds. everyone has a chance of thunderstorms along the eastern sea board throughout wednesday. today the middle of the country is the area of concern. we're going to watch closely st. louis, indianapolis, louisville, lexington area down to little rock today. another severe outbreak, lynn, on the heels of our tornado
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rehab, she believhe believes so he should have custody of their boys that he's going to go to court today to make an appeal with the judge. sheen will ask the judge to allow him to take the kids on the road for the last two weeks of his speaking tour. angry fans of cancelled soaps abc's "one life to live" and "all my children" is a new ally. hoover announced it's going to pull all advertising from the network this friday and will start an e-mail campaign to bring the shows back from the dead. bill is very excited about it. and 29-year-old mom nicole richie has admitted to owning more than 200 pairs of sunglasses. she defends her arsenal by blaming the los angeles sunshine. it's always los angeles sunshine, and she needs it to do her job as a clothing designer. >> i had to look deeper into the story. >> you googled, bill. >> she's claiming it's because of research, that she makes her
own sunglasses. >> is she writing them off? >> i'm not her accountant, but i will look into it next. >> is your mom one of the fans that's up in arms about the soap operas being cancelled? >> she's over it. she's moved on to the housewives shows. >> you're supposed to say "days of our lives." i'm lynn berry, and that's your "first look." stay tuned. "way too early" with willie geist starts now. as standard & poor's drops its view of the united states credit worthiness to negative and threatens to knock an "a" off the american credit rating, democrats and republicans now fight to spin the reports made for the debt and deficit fight in washington. the question is how many more signals do we need before politicians sit down and figure this thing out? meanwhile, an air traffic controller in ohio is suspended after getting caught watching a movie in the tower. the question is how did the pilots know which movie the guy was watching? wait until you hear this. and the author of "three